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August 8th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:
Spotted Owls: At least two of the rare and endangered species known as “job creators” have been seen; Michael Bloomberg and George Soros are putting 60 million dollars of their own money into youth intervention programs with huge job components; contrary to conservative dogma, both of these employment suppliers believe that their taxes should be raised.

Praying Mantis: When Texas Governor Rick Perry prayed for America he forgot to plea for the impoverished children of his state, the percentage of which has grown under his tenure and is at least 3% above the national average with Latino and black children making up over 70% of that unfortunate group.

Blind Bats: Standard and Poor's credit downgrade report blasts the debt ceiling tactic used by the tea party and enabled by “mainstream” Republicans – and the media still does not see the economic extortion of the right.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Over the weekend, I pointed out that Barack Obama not only inherited a receding economy from George W. Bush, he also inherited a triple A credit rating. Somehow, Bill Clinton was able to make progress with Republicans in charge of Congress, George W. Bush was able to make progress with Democrats in charge of Congress his last two years, but suddenly gridlock in Washington is too insurmountable? I don't think so.

– While we are all having fun throwing rocks at each other, left and right, what if Barack Obama is right? Seriously. What if S&P really got the math wrong. What we are learning is that S&P told its big clients early on Friday. Then the Treasury Department pointed out S&P made a $2 trillion math mistake. Well, S&P could not then walk it back because it had already told its clients and caused the market to blink. So now S&P trots out the "too acrimonious" argument. When the heck has Washington not been acrimonious? What if the President is right and it really isn't anyone's fault but S&P? But then what explains Axelrod blaming the tea party over the weekend? Maybe the White House should pick one culpable party?

– Mitt Romney is appearing in public more lately, after being in the "Mittness" Protection Program. Suddenly, with Rick Perry's entry into the race probable, Romney as the odds-on favorite looks less and less so. Likewise, Bachmann continues to surprise people by holding on to strong poll numbers.

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    August 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  2. mel

    The lost of U.S. military soldiers was the result of poor leadership.. Everyone (Military officers) knows that when a unit is pinned down you call in an air strike to suppress the area. You can't tell me that their were no airplanes in the area, I know better. I pray that the office who made this poor decision is exposed and court martial. May GOD have mercy on his sole.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  3. Glenn

    My heart goes out to the families of the proud men fighting for us. That's why we need drones, drones and more drones. Bring our kids home.

    August 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  4. Joan

    It appears the American public is suffering buyers remorse for electing so many Tea Party members last fall. Although slowly, the economy had been gradually recovering for the two years before they came to Washington and since then it has been chaos and one crisis or fight after another. The best thing they could do is to tell Grover Norquist to put his pledge where the sun don't shine and tear the pleges they signed into shreds. Then they should recite the Pledge of Allegiance and follow its principles instead of some unelected lobbyist. They have a real leadership problem now in the House. The Tea Party humiliated John Boehner and exposed him as just a figurehead. He had to kiss their feet just to get his own bill passed. He is just a puppet with them pulling the strings. The whole world watched with bewilderment the month before the debt ceiling was finally raised at the last minute and could not believe the gall of those Tea Party members, folks like Cantor and even presidential candidates like Bachmann who didn't think default was a problem. Do you really think these people have a firm grasp of leadership and doing what is best for all of America? Hopefully the electorate will remember July 2011 when they vote in November 2012.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm |